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By the vastly high standards of this seminal band: very weak
on 18 January 2011
It's worth noting that the Planxty line-up that recorded Words & Music was substantially different from that which recorded their five excellent previous albums. The original quartet were joined by two more musicians including keyboardist Bill Whelan who exerted a great deal of influence over the musical direction the band were taking. And that direction was decidedly for the worse: most of the tracks on this album are replete with Whelan's keyboard in the background and the result sounds more like the sort of poor new-age ripoffs of Irish music you sometimes hear in health food shops than the wild, robust, thrilling and emotional sound that Planxty managed as a four piece. There are some good tracks here, and the occasional track in which the keyboard helps rather than destroys, especially the opener but this one is for completists only.